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Henderson Alvarez’s in-grown hair turned into infected shin

Feb 26, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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It’ll be very difficult for anyone to top Mike Minor and his scarred urethra for the most cringe-inducing injury of spring training, but Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez isn’t having a great time early in camp either.

Alvarez, who threw a no-hitter in September, will miss his first spring training start due to an infected shin and manager Mike Redmond shared the details with Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald:

I think it started as in-grown hair and got infected. We were treating it, the infection. It just wasn’t getting better. We wanted to be proactive and make sure it was getting taken care of. We got in there, got it cleaned out.

Alvarez had to be hospitalized and the infection had to be drained and … I dunno, you get the idea, probably.

  1. shawnuel - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Sure as heck beats an infected Urethra.

    • stex52 - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      If I was Minor my doctor and I would be having a serious discussion about how much medical information needs to go to the press.

      • Old Gator - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:48 AM

        Ingrown hair? I’ve heard of introverts, but man, that is really shy….

  2. karlkolchak - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    “We got in there, got it cleaned out.”

    Really? Mike Redmond went in there and cleaned it out himself? He’s a true Renaissance man!

    • Old Gator - Feb 26, 2014 at 1:42 PM

      Michael Hill, the new Feesh ops prez, has recently unpackaged his motto which he calls “The Marlins Way.” It isn’t especially well defined – hortatory rhetoric rarely is – but the royal WE Redmond is brandishing here sounds like an officially sanctioned mass pronoun, a semantic node of The Marlins Way.

      I’m sure WE will all be hearing much more about this Marlins Way from the Feesh front orifice as the season unwinds downhill.

  3. tfbuckfutter - Feb 26, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Might I suggest not shaving your legs in the future?

  4. proudlycanadian - Feb 26, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    Alvarez missed some time last season due to injuries. I hope that he does not become injury prone. When he pitched for the Jays, some stat heads criticized him because he did not strike out many hitters. He doesn’t walk many either, and his style is to pitch to contact. In that no hitter, he walked 1 and struck out 4. He is unlikely to be an ace; however, he has the potential to be a decent middle of the rotation pitcher for several years.

  5. yordo - Feb 26, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    That’s what happens when you try to be a woman.

    • historiophiliac - Feb 26, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      The difference between buckfutter’s comment (which was funny) and yours (which was not) is that his was about shaving, which women tend to do — but also men who are athletes sometimes, and yours was about being female or transgender, which suggested that there is something wrong with being either (making fun of people instead of an activity). To recap: his, funny; yours, insulting.

  6. themanytoolsofignorance - Feb 26, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    So let me get this straight-
    *scarred urethra
    *hiatal hernia
    *ingrown shin hair

    That’s the list so far for surgery on non-baseball related mishaps? man I remember the days when guys were severing fingers with hedge trimmers, ironing themselves, and falling over their dogs. I long for those days

    • Old Gator - Feb 26, 2014 at 1:46 PM

      Brad Dourif once mentioned in a talk he gave to my film society group that he had been invited to meet David Lynch for brunch to discuss his forthcoming role in Blue Velvet. He had been warned that Lynch was a little odd, but when they met the director looked heart-n-soul yuppie in a cashmere sweater, polyester slacks and pennyloafers. They had a nice mean characterized by a very professional discussion about the film, and Dourif was relaxing and wondering why Lynch had such a widespread reputation as a weirdo. Then, as he finished his coffee, Lynch asked, “so, what is your opinion about actors having surgery for their roles?”

      • themanytoolsofignorance - Feb 26, 2014 at 2:19 PM

        Jim Carrey had a cap taken off a chipped front tooth for the role of Lloyd Christmas. Does that count as surgery?

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